Rita Di Lello
Vice President National Accounts, On-Premise
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
As the vice president of national accounts, on-premise for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Rita Di Lello guides a world-class on-premise program that includes more than 200 elite accounts throughout the United States. With over 15 years of focused wine industry sales experience, Rita has established a reputation as a creative, detail-oriented on-premise specialist known for building collaborative and highly successful relationships with her accounts.
Rita was born and raised in Utah, and attended Weber State University, where she received a bachelor of science in technical sales. While working as the corporate retail buyer for Mirage Resorts in Nevada, Rita also attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she earned an MBA with a focus in sales and marketing. While studying for her MBA, Rita joined the UNLV Wine Club and quickly fell in love with wine. Following her newfound passion, Rita travelled to numerous wine regions and received her introductory level certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
In 2000, Rita joined the team at J. Lohr as West Coast national accounts, on-premise manager and Nevada state manager, and quickly built a robust list of prestigious casino and luxury restaurant accounts. Eager to gain a broader perspective of the industry, Rita went on to work for Banfi Vintners in 2003, where she ultimately became national accounts manager—west. Rita has also held positions as the Southern California and Nevada regional manager for 585 Wine Partners, and as the Western US national accounts, on-premise and retail chains manager for Foley Family Wines.
In 2016, Rita rejoined the team at J. Lohr as vice president of national accounts on-premise. In this role, Rita develops and nurtures relationships with key national and regional accounts, attains sales, distribution & profitability goals, coordinates national pricing, and educates key accounts as to the unique characteristics of J. Lohr wines. In addition to her certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Rita was a member of the first graduating class to earn their Certified Wine Professional accreditation from the Culinary Institute of America, and is currently involved in the Society of Wine Educators. Outside of J. Lohr, Rita enjoys road cycling, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. She is also actively involved as an ambassador for Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), a charitable organization dedicated to providing support for the children and families of food and beverage employees who are navigating life-altering circumstances or conditions.